MEET THE COMMITTEE
The Countess of Rosebery
Dr Iain Gordon Brown, FSA, FRSE
I was drawn to EDFAS as a way of sharing a love of the arts with others and it is a wonderful way to discover new artists and movements and to learn new things! I also think that the society`s main aim, that of education, offers us a shared vision and I am proud of the support that EDFAS, as a charity, offers young people throughout our city.”
It is a privilege to be Chair of the committee as everyone is so dedicated to offering our members a first-rate lecture programme, with interesting events planned across the year.
VICE-CHAIRMAN & SECRETARY
I have been a member of EDFAS for 13 years. I have loved the variety of lectures and in particular the visits to places in and around Edinburgh, often inaccessible to the general public. ‘Meeting and Greeting’ people at lectures is an important role for EDFAS and one all committee members enjoy. I have been Vice-Chairman for 4 years and Secretary, which includes taking the minutes and preparing the printed flyers.
This is my fourth year as treasurer of EDFAS and I derive great pleasure from being part of such a dedicated committee. I am proud of the fact that thanks to careful financial management by previous treasurers, we are able, through these difficult times, to fulfil out charitable commitments, and provide an interesting and varied programme for our members.
Being on the committe gives me a chance to meet up in Edinburgh with fellow members to enjoy fascinating and high-quality lectures which broaden the horizons.
My role is, with Grace, to choose the lectures for the Society.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY EVENING
I became the Evening Membership Secretary in 2019-20, which coincided with the cancellation of live lectures due to COVID, so I haven’t yet experienced a typical year in this role. The online lectures shown during this time proved very popular, to the extent that the evening lecture will continue to be livestreamed. I much look forward to meeting members, as we return to the Freemasons’ Hall for 2022-23, having carried out the role online for most of my time.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY AFTERNOON
I have been the EDFAS Afternoon Membership Secretary for 10 years. I thoroughly enjoy the job and I like putting faces to names on lecture Tuesdays. My busy time of year is mid-June until mid-August when the renewal letters go out and I have to update the database. Fortunately, since our move to Freemasons’ Hall, where we have extra space, we no longer have a waiting list, so we are able to welcome anyone who would like to join.
Alison St. Clair Ford
EDFAS not only provides a terrific range of lectures and events, but is also a place where you can go on your own and be made to feel welcome. I have been a long-term member but before I joined, I thought it was an organisation where you went, listened to a lecture and left. It can still be that if you want but it offers so much more.
I am responsible for making sure that the database is kept up to date and seeing that information about lectures and events and any other important information, reaches members. This means working closely with other members of the committee.
EDFAS has allowed me direct access to some of the best art lectures in the UK, enabling me to expand my knowledge and find new areas of interest, which has been very helpful for my job as an auctioneer. During lockdown, a pregnancy and early days with a newborn being a committee member kept me occupied and in touch with the art world.
I started as the Webmaster several years ago, then I worked on getting our lectures live-streamed during lockdown. More recently I moved to helping with visits, which includes setting up and overseeing our Eventbrite ticketing system.
EDFAS for me has been a hugely enjoyable experience and an opportunity to widen my knowledge of the decorative arts in the company of friends.
My role on the committee is to assist with the organisation and planning of the great range of visits offered to members.
EDFAS provides an opportunity to learn about a variety of cultural topics through its lectures, visits and educational programmes. It brings together a friendly group of people who welcome all new comers and provide a regular opportunity to meet friends.
It has provided learning, enjoyment and friendship for me and many others.